Stolen! War Veteran's Bike Taken By A Thief

A quick trip to the library cost an Omaha veteran his only mode of transportation-his bike.

60-year-old Frank Incontro learned a lesson at the library. Lock your bike.

Frank says, "I should have had a lock. I just didn't have the money at that date for one."

Taking a short break from the heat at Washington Library, Frank kept his bike in sight-but a thief rode off on it anyway.

Frank says, "911 told me to stop pursuit. He said don't chase this guy, you don't know what he's up to. I said I'm going to give it my best shot because this is all I've got for transportation."

The veteran with a service connected disability couldn't catch a thief.

Frank says, "I ran five or six blocks."

A recycle bike shop showed Mike McKnight a Schwinn similar in style and age to Frank's. It is priced at about $250, but you can't measure sentimental value.

Frank says, "It was tough. It was built old fashioned."

But word will get around about Frank's stolen bike.

Mike Thurman, Recycle Bike Shop says, "If it comes in, and we know about it, we can help people get their bike back."

The library has security cameras, but the manager says tape can't be released to the victim or Fact Finders-only to police with a subpoena.

Joanne Cavanaugh of the Washington Library says, "We're happy to help the police with whatever they need so we're sorry for your loss."

For Frank, his bike was his independence from bummed rides and bus routes.

Frank says, "That runs into money. It is hard on my budget. I have a hard time making things fit in."

Walking from the library, Frank hopes a thief will be booked and his bike recovered.

Police say they're working on trying to find a suspect. They hope the surveillance video from the library will give them a lead to the bike-napper.


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